Technology has changed the face of education, introducing more collaborative and productive ways to learn. With more technological advances already in development for 2019, this digital transformation is only going to gain momentum. Experts from education technology giant, Vestel, look to the year ahead and highlight some of the top technology trends that are set to take teaching success to the next level.
1. Secure server-free teaching
The implementation of laws, such as GDPR are placing schools, academies and universities under more pressure than ever before to ensure a higher standard of data protection. With limited IT resource and, very often, inadequate bandwidths, many are ill equipped to deal with this new legislative imperative. That’s why an increasing number of educational establishments are turning to cloud-based systems, using interactive display solutions to access them. Designed with built-in tablet-like functionality, these next-generation displays come with System-on-Chip technology, allowing staff hassle-free access to cloud-based content.
Some displays also offer OPS compatibility with Windows, Linux and Android PC modules, giving staff the possibility to upgrade to a different software solution, and all without having to invest in any additional external hardware or IT training. This drive to future-proof hardware and ensure interoperability with different software options.
2. More free-to-access education content
Most schools, academies and universities recognise that content is king when it comes to teaching. Despite this, few have the funds, time or training to invest in licensing costs and application developments. That’s why the accessibility of Android-powered interactive displays is such an important development. With the latest Android 7.1 on board, such solutions are not only offering a vast library of free-to-access content to review and download, but also the opportunity to customize applications.
As well as having access to content, such as periodic tables and scientific calculators, teachers can search for challenge-based applications that make learning fun and help to engage more students. These open source solutions are also coming with additional advantages, offering built-in annotation tools that can work across any application.
3. HD video and video conferencing
Video is fast becoming the most engaging form of media, infiltrating every aspect of students’ lives. Given the prominence of video and video phone calling, it’s therefore no surprise that teachers are increasingly seeing the benefits of using video in their lesson plans. Whether it’s to play educational footage or to introduce different cultures and traditions via international video conference calls, interactive displays are now being designed to offer higher quality resolution and sound. As well as supporting the display of 4K content, next-generation displays are coming with front-facing speakers to ensure greater sound clarity for any on-screen dialogue.
Intel Core vPro powered displays also offer a wireless connection to Intel Unite, a software that can offer fuss-free screen-sharing across different devices.
4. Seamless and intuitive learning experience
The younger the student, the more experienced they are likely to be with technology. Therefore, every new year brings with it, more pressure for educators to deliver the kind of seamless and intuitive screen experience to which students are accustomed. To keep up with the latest and most popular screen technologies, manufacturers are offering faster and more flexible touch control for their interactive displays. Infrared ten-point touch displays are coming with faster response times of 8-9ms, and enable students to touch the screen with damp and gloved fingers. Projected capacitive touch displays are delivering even higher standards of interactivity, promising greater pressure-sensitive touch support. With palm rejection software, they even allow users to rest the palm of their hands against the display while writing.
5. Boost learning time
Every year, curriculums seem to become more and more demanding, putting teachers under greater pressure to cover a vaster range of topics within each short term. This is influencing the design of the next generation of interactive displays, inspiring manufacturers to add features that can help save time in the classroom. As well as offering USB Auto Launch features to ensure that USB content immediately displays when USBs are inserted, interactive flat panel displays are now coming with Auto Launch, so that the user’s choice of URL link displays as soon as the screen switches on. With HDMI Hot Plug, users can simply plug in their compatible external devices, such as laptops, and the screens will automatically switch on to display the external devices. To support a faster-paced teaching momentum, Android-powered displays allow up to 8 applications to be launched at the same time.
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